GoldenEye is a 1995 spy action thriller film and the first film to star Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. It was also the first Bond film to be released in six years, after 1989's Licence to Kill.
In 1986, Bond and a fellow MI6 agent, Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean), infiltrate a Soviet chemical weapons facility inside a dam in Arkhangelsk commanded by Colonel Arkady Ourumov (Gottfried John) with the intention of destroying it using explosives. Although Trevelyan was seemingly killed in the process, Bond successfully destroys the facility.
Nine years later, Bond embarks on another mission to investigate the Janus crime syndicate, that has hijacked control of a Soviet EMP satellite weapons system called GoldenEye. Bond tracks Janus down to the city of St. Petersburg, and soon finds himself confronting the past...
Why it Rocks
- Resuscitated Pierce Brosnan's career in the years after Remington Steele.
- Awesome and intense action sequences, including an amazing tank chase.
- Nice theme song by Tina Turner.
- Well done characterization.
- Very memorable characters, notably Trevelyan himself, Judi Dench's M, and Xenia Onatopp, played by Famke Janssen.
- A storyline with an introspective tone, which is neat given the movie's post-Cold War setting.
- Great cinematography.
- Has an awesome licensed game that was also revolutionary.
- The music score of the film by Éric Serra is pretty good, however, this is rather contested (see Bad Quality).
- As mentioned above, the soundtrack is polarizing, as there are some viewers who disliked it and felt that it's inappropriate for a Bond film.
GoldenEye was commercially successful, earning $355 million out of a $60 million budget.
The movie has also received mostly positive critical reception, with a 78% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes; Roger Ebert gave it 3 out of 4, and Entertainment Weekly ranked it as the eighth best Bond film.